Plaintiff, an Air Force officer stationed in Alaska, commenced action for divorce under the provisions of an Alaska statute which extends divorce jurisdiction to military personnel who have resided within the state for one year. Defendant, a domiciliary of Pennsylvania, made a general appearance by attorney and contested the court's jurisdiction to grant the decree, alleging that plaintiff was not an Alaska domiciliary. The lower court dismissed plaintiff's complaint for lack of jurisdiction. On appeal, the Alaska Supreme Court reversed. Held: An Alaska court has jurisdiction to grant divorces to military personnel who have resided in the state for one year even though they may not be Alaska domiciliaries. Lauterbach v. Lauterbach, 293 P.2d 24 (Alaska, 1964).
Residence Is Alternative Jurisdictional Basis to Domicile in Serviceman's Divorce Action,
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